This is a great example of a bronze dagger axe or ge. These weapons are unique to the ancient cultures of China and were in use throughout the bronze age. Characteristics of this piece suggest it would date to the Wester Zhou period (ca 700 BC) or possibly even earlier. It is small, with only two perforations for lashing to a pole. It weighs 179 grams. It measures 16.2 cm in length and 8.15 cm in height. It is very heavy, solid and stable with no signs of repair or restoration. It has a rich, green and brown patina. The only damage seems to be a minor ding to the tip which also appears ancient. This is truly a magnificent piece for any collection. Items like this are getting very difficult to find at any price so don't miss out on this ancient beauty.